Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, where he is a tenured professor of law and Director of the Immigration Clinic. A frequent conference speaker and author, he is also a leader of the immigration bar, with extensive service within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2011-20, he was elected to serve on the AILA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors, including a term as Chair of the Chapter. Professor Vastine’s AILA national-level service includes multiple terms on the Federal Litigation Section Steering Committee, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and Amicus Curiae Committee. His impact litigation principally relates to immigration and crimes, including the lead case at the Florida Supreme Court establishing the constitutional rights of immigrant defendants to effective representation by their criminal counsel, and multiple cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit delineating the immigration consequences of Florida convictions involving controlled substances. Additionally, he has represented AILA and other community-based organizations, as amicus curiae counsel, in forums ranging from the Board of Immigration Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, in matters including the constitutional limits of indefinite detention of immigrants, the due process rights of the physically deported, and the immigration consequences of state crimes. In 2013, Professor Vastine received the AILA (National) Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A Victim-Centered Approach to Health Care
for Survivors of Human Trafficking
January 25, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is pleased to present A Victim-Centered Approach to Health Care for Survivors of Human Trafficking. Victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches are hallmarks of effective services – inclusive of healthcare – to survivors of human trafficking. Learn from our distinguished panel of doctors championing these issues as they work to combat human trafficking in the medical field through victim identification, comprehensive health care, and beyond. The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University Law School is proud to partner with University of Miami Health Systems THRIVE Clinic, Rotarian Public Health Fellowship, and Rotary District 6990 on this event.
This webinar is free and open to the public domestically and internationally with registration.
Professor Dr. Roza Pati
Founder & Director, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy
Executive Director, LL.M./J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights
St. Thomas University School of Law
Distinguished Medical Panel
Prof. Juan Mezzich, MD, MA, MSc, PhD
Tenured Professor of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York
Prof. Panagiota Caralis, MD, JD, FACP
Medical Director, THRIVE Clinic
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. Stephen Symes, MD, FACP
Primary Care Clinician, THRIVE Clinic
University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine
Imelda Medina, MD, MPH
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
President, Familias Unidas International, Inc.
Registration will open soon.
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